Entitlement to School Transport for pupils with complex special needs

Summary of General Statement of Policy which applies to all pupils

Generally the council will provide transport for pupils who are registered pupils at their local school and live more than the recognised (statutory) walking distance from it. For most children this transport is free, but there are charges for those who make use of the council’s school transport services but are not themselves entitled to free transport. If a parent sends his/her child to another school, she/he cannot claim from the council the money the school transport service would otherwise have been prepared to spend on transporting the child to his/her local school.

You may be entitled to help if your family is eligible for Free School Meals or is in receipt of the maximum level of Working Families Tax Credits. If you believe you may be eligible for school transport please call 0300 123 5012.

Entitlement to transport on complex/special needs grounds

Most children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  do not require special travel arrangements. Through the EHCP process, consideration will be given in the first instance to a child’s ability to walk to school, to travel on a public bus or rail service or a contract bus service or to be taken to school by their parents.

When assessing a child/young person’s complex special needs, the Local Authority will decide whether the child/young person would be able to comply with the distance criteria. If the advice indicates that a child/young person would be unable to fulfil this requirement, then transport will be provided free of charge.

When assessing a child/young person’s complex special needs, the Local Authority will decide whether the child/young person would be able to comply with the distance criteria. If the advice indicates that a child/young person would be unable to fulfil this requirement, then transport will be provided free of charge.

Decisions are evidence based and made following an individual assessment of need. The Local Authority will look at factors such as the needs of the child, the nature of the route to school and the suitability of existing transport options.

The criteria is that the child cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school because of their mobility problems or because of associated health and safety concerns related to their SEN or disability.

Students with complex special needs who attend post 16 education establishments

Students who continue their education after the age of 16 should check their eligibility for travel assistance in the Post 16 Travel Policy Statement. This is updated annually and is published by 31 May each year.

Parental preference

Where a child attends a school other than that designated by the Local Authority to serve the pupil’s home address or, is not the nearest appropriate school as deemed by the Local Authority, the parents are responsible for making their own transport arrangements and for all the transport costs.

Appeals

Should the Local Authority refuse to provide travel assistance there is a parental right of appeal to a Special Appeals Committee. Please click for details of the education travel appeals and complaints policy (PDF, 666KB.)

Provision

The arrangements for assisted transport which may be made under this policy will be at the Council’s discretion, taking account of the child/young person needs and best value principles.

Transport arrangements

Transport will be provided at an appropriate specified place and time. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure that the child/young person is ready and taken to the agreed pick up point.

No alternative transport will be made on that day and the parent/carer will responsible for ensuring the child/young person’s attendance at school.

Contact us

transportpolicy@transportservicesolutions.co.uk

0300 123 5012

Monday to Friday 8:30 to 17:00

Postal Address only:

Transport Service Solutions
Cledford Lane
Middlewich
Cheshire
CW10 0JR


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